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Durin III

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Durin III
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Durin III (mid Second Age) was a King of Durin's folk who ruled the great Dwarven city of Khazad-dûm.



During his reign the Dwarves of Khazad-dûm had struck a rare friendship with the Elves of Ost-in-Edhil in Eregion. Around S.A. 1500 the Elves, guided by Annatar, began forging the Rings of Power.[1] According to the Dwarves, Celebrimbor gave Durin the first of the Seven Rings of the Dwarves[2] (other traditions state that it was Sauron who bestowed all seven of these Rings).[3] This ring would later be known as the Ring of Thrór.[2]

Unbeknownst to Celebrimbor, his partner in crafting the Rings was actually Sauron. The Dark Lord had come in the guise of wise Annatar to corrupt the Elves through the Rings of Power. By Second Age 1697, Sauron had learned that he could not control either the Elves nor the Dwarves through the Rings and led a large army towards Eregion. He sacked the realm, slaughtered Celebrimbor and scattered the people of Ost-in-Edhil. In response Durin sent a great force of Dwarves to protect the Doors of Durin, but with the fall of Eregion his warriors withdrew and the gates to the city were shut. Sealing the kingdom off from the outside world.[4]

Like all Durins after Durin I he was given the name of the first Father of the Dwarves because he greatly resembled him in both appearance and manner. Indeed it was believed among the Dwarves that he was the reincarnation of Durin I, though whether this is possible is unclear.[2]


Durinn is one of the Dwarfs in the Dvergatal. The name means "Sleepy".[5]

Portrayal in Adaptations

2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring:

In the prologue, Durin III appears with the other six Lords receiving their Rings. He is only identified as Durin on a Decipher Card.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  5. Chester Nathan Gould, "Dwarf-Names: A Study in Old Icelandic Religion", published in Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, Vol 44 (1929), issue #4, pp. 939-967
Durin III
House of Durin
Last known:
Durin II
King of Durin's Folk
Mid-Second Age
Next known:
Durin IV
King of Khazad-dûm
Mid-Second Age